Will Samsung event unveil latest Android version and Nexus phone?
The rumors have been swirling for months that the next version of Google's Android operating system, to be nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, will make its debut on a new Samsung smartphone which could be called the Nexus Prime.
So when will the world see the Nexus Prime, if there is one, and Ice Cream Sandwich, which is set to be the version of Android that unifies phone and tablet operating systems? Possibly Oct. 11, just a few days after the Tuesday unveiling of the next Apple iPhone.
The company sent out Unpacked invites to members of the press Wednesday and Thursday that read "Join us at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 to get a look at what's new from Android."
Hmmmm, could it be the next Android release? Maybe a new tablet to go along with a new phone?
Samsung just released its Galaxy S II to the U.S. after it had been available for months in Europe and Asia, but new Android phones from an array of manufactures are released each month so it might not be too weird for the Korean electronics maker to release a new phone.
The Nexus Prime however, as of now, hasn't been announced by Samsung, though speculation has pointed to such a device featuring many higher-end specs seen on current phones, such as a dual-core processor, a larger screen that's possibly as big as the Galaxy S II's 4.5-inch display and 4G network connectivity.
If Samsung does release a new Nexus-branded device, it would be the handset maker's second Nexus phone and Google's third -- the first Nexus being the Nexus One from HTC, and the second being the Nexus S from Samsung. The Nexus line thus far has always run an unadulterated version of Android, with no third-party overlays and pre-installed apps.
If Samsung does have a Nexus Prime on the way, we'd expect that "pure Android" software would remain the theme. Whatever does go down at Samsung Unpacked, we'll keep you posted here on the Technology blog.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: An invite to the "Samsung Unpacked, Google Episode" event in San Diego on Oct. 11. Credit: Samsung.